O2, Cisco Announce Cloud based Telephony, Collaboration Services

O2 has tied up with Cisco to introduce new service of hosted IP telephony which will be aiming at comparatively large businesses as well as public-sector organisations that are willing to outsource their telecoms infrastructure management to the cloud.

To be called "O2 Unified Communications", this new service will help businesses to bring together their fixed line, mobile telephone, instant messaging, voice mail as well as video conferencing operations under the aura of a "single managed cloud based service" without any apparent capital expenditure.

The charges of the service will depend on number of users, a monthly rental and is for large organisation that includes public sector bodies and enterprise customers located in the Republic of Ireland, reported Siliconrepublic.com.

This latest service eliminates the requirement of PBXs and involves communications services as well as centralised telephony that are hosted and located in separate locations in Telefonica's two data centres in Ireland. These data centres will hold Cisco's newest technology of virtualisation and unified communication has been set up.

Alan Brown, business director at Telefonica Ireland that is operating O2 brand said, "We are the first major communications provider in Ireland to bring the full range of Cisco Unified Communications services to the corporate market via the cloud."